Guidebooks


  • Oregon Water & Wastewater Funding and Resource Guide

    Guide provides an easy to use document that identifies water and wastewater funding programs, agencies, and organizational resources. It provides information on primary agency funding programs that support drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects planning, pre-development and construction. It also includes resource information available to assist communities complete drinking water and wastewater projects, address regulatory compliance and drinking water quality. (Published 2014.)

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  • Appropriate Technology for the Small Rural Water System: If the Shoe Fits

    This guide is a facilitation tool for small water systems to weigh the appropriateness of possible technology solutions. You may find that only certain portions of this guide apply to a specific water system. Using this guide successfully is dependent upon someone knowledgeable from the public water system or an outside technical assistance provider to assist in identifying the best possible path to proceed and then applying portions of this guide to lead forward on that path. (Published 2013.)

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  • Preparing Wastewater Planning Documents and Environmental Reports for Public Utilities (Oregon)

    Utility managers, public works directors and consultants should use this guide to develop wastewater planning documents that meet Oregon’s four primary public funding organizations requirements. Section 2 provides wastewater utility managers with an overview of the planning process and resources. Section 3 provides engineering consultants with detailed information about wastewater planning document contents. Section 4 provides environmental consultants with detailed information about environmental report contents. (Published 2013.)

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  • Rural and Small Systems Guidebook to Sustainable Utility Management

    This guidebook introduces rural and small water and wastewater systems to the key areas of effectively managed systems. It provides background information on 10 key management areas, and instruction and assistance on how to conduct a system assessment process based on the key management areas. It also includes information on how to prioritize areas for improvement, while developing measures of progress that can help small systems with performance improvement. (Published 2013.)

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  • Funding and Resource Guide: Idaho Water/Wastewater Systems

    This guide has three purposes: it identifies funding programs for all aspects of water and wastewater system improvements; it lists agencies that provide additional resources for water and wastewater system personnel; and it provides contact information for the programs and agencies mentioned in this guide. (Published 2012.)

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  • The Big Guide for Small Systems: A Resource for Board Members

    This publication is intended for both new and experienced members of the board of directors of a drinking water or wastewater utility or members of the highest governing board of a system. For new board members, it is an ideal orientation to all of the aspects of your new role. For those with some experience, it can serve as a useful reference guide for your continuing role. Used on a group basis with whole boards, it can help set some standards in your work together, enabling everybody to get on the same page and moving in the same direction. (RCAP publication 2011.)

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  • The Basics of Financial Management for Small-community Utilities

    The term financial management simply means effectively managing your utility’s financial functions. The financial functions of your utility include accounting, your policies and procedures, record-keeping and reporting systems, planning and forecasting practices, budgeting procedures, and financial-oversight responsibilities. The goal of good financial management is to ensure that your utility is operated as a financially sustainable enterprise. (RCAP publication 2011.)

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  • Sustainable Infrastructure for Small System Public Services

    A Planning and Resource Guide

    At the local level, decision-makers and staff deal with the challenges of operating their small utility on a daily basis. They must make decisions on operating costs, with aging infrastructure, with the pressures of increasing regulatory compliance, with volunteer burnout, and many other factors. Put together with the growth of sustainability as a measure of a utility’s success, the processes of incorporating “green” practices can further burden a small utility.

    This planning and resource guide is a starting place for very small (fewer than 1,000 connections) to medium (up to 5,000 connections) communities to initiate and integrate green elements in their facilities and projects. (RCAP publication 2011.)

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  • Getting Your Project to Flow Smoothly

    A Guide to Developing Water and Wastewater Infrastructure

    There is an infrastructure crisis currently facing both small and large water and waste waster systems in our country. This crisis results from a perfect storm created by an increasing lack of public resources, years of neglect, and mounting regulatory demands and restrictions. Moreover, many rural areas are struggling economically. The need to diversify economies and protect environmental resources increases pressure to develop or upgrade infrastructure. In the race to revitalization, communities that make wise investments in infrastructure will be more likely to succeed. (RCAP publication 2011.)

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  • Formulate Great Rates

    The Guide to Conducting a Rate Study for a Water System

    As a board member or officer of your community’s water system, you have a very important responsibility to your community. Your job is to ensure that the water system provides residents with an adequate supply of high quality drinking water delivered at a price that not only covers all of the costs of providing the service but also allows the system to prepare and plan for providing that service for many years to come. You must ensure that the water meets all regulatory standards, is reliable, and that there is sufficient quantity for all current and future users. When you consider everything that goes into providing safe, clean and affordable drinking water, it can sometimes seem like a daunting responsibility. (RCAC publication 2011.)

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